I want to say thank you to everyone who who left so many kind comments yesterday... I would normally think this post teeters on the edge of T.M.I., but I only do it so you know the state of mind I'm in... and can bear with me if I miss a few emails, etc. Everything you said means so much to me...
My dad had a rare stroke yesterday that caused lots of bleeding in his brain. He'll be in ICU at least a week while they observe him and make sure things don't worsen. The blessing is that physically he's fine - talking, laughing, moving without any problems, just some problems with his vision, if I understand correctly. It's more serious than the doctors initially thought, but I'm confident that everything is in God's hands now.
My dad is used to being strong and a fighter - he's also a cancer survivor. After dealing with the awful-ness that is chemo and radiation therapy more than 10 years ago, he decided not to go back to the hospital and his cancer went into remission on its own. He's a bit of an adventurer, strong and proud, and often speaks his mind no matter what the consequences. He's had a lot of trials in life but has tremendous faith in God. I do think his faith inspired us all to have faith, and I'm proud to call him my dad.
Again, thank you for your kindness and for keeping us in your thoughts. I'll be out of town for a week starting this Friday and I hope to return with good news.